Why My Blog Gets No Comments?

Daniel Scocco

questions and answersThis post is part of the weekly Q&A section. Just use the contact form if you want to submit a question.

Farrhad asked:

I have noticed that on almost all your posts you have dozens of comments coming in. How do you do this? I get an average of 11 comments (but most of them are from my friends)

This question seems to pop up every once in a while. First of all let me tell you that an average of 11 comments per post is a very good number, even if those comments are coming from your friends. I would say that 80% of the blogs out there average less than 1 comment per post.

I just checked my numbers on the Dashboard, and Daily Blog Tips has an average of 30,2 comments per post. You ask: How do you do this? Well, it boils down to two things mainly:

1. Growing the blog as a whole
2. Building a community around it

Let’s talk about each of them individually now. By growing the blog as a whole, I mean that you should focus on growing the reach of your blog. This involves:

  • increasing the quality and amount of content that you have available on your blog
  • increasing the traffic levels (daily uniques and page views)
  • increasing the number of RSS subscribers
  • increasing the number of backlinks and domain trust

Why one should focus on growing his blog as a whole to receive more comments? Because this is a numbers game. Some topics will naturally generate more comments than others, but overall only a tiny fraction of the people that will be exposed to your content will take the time to leave a comment.

This is a fact. On some blogs this fraction will be 0.1%, on others it will be 0.5%. But as you can see the number is be damn small no matter what. So the first thing that you can do to get more comments is to get more people exposed to your content.

Suppose you receive 1,000 uniques daily, and that on average 0.5% of those visitors will leave comment. If you write one post per day, this translates into an average of 5 comments per post.

Now imagine after 6 months you managed to increase your traffic to 10,000 uniques daily. Even if the fraction of people commenting remains fixed at 0.5%, now you would be receiving an average of 50 comments per post, without implement any tricks.

As you can see the first and most efficient way to increase the number of comments you get is to increase the overall reach of your blog. Most blogs get very few comments because they also get very few visitors.

Apart from growing your blog, though, you can also influence the number of comments you will get by trying to build a community around it. How do you do that? By interacting directly with your readers and by making them feel part of your blog. Here are some practical things that work in this direction:

  • ask questions to your readers
  • use their answers on your articles
  • link to the blogs of your readers
  • engage in discussions that your readers care about
  • use polls and other interactive widgets
  • answer to the comments
  • answer to the emails
  • share your personal experiences
  • write in the first person
  • tell stories that your readers can relate to
  • connect with them on social media

All those actions will bring you closer to your readers, and vice-versa. When you make them feel part of a community, they will be more likely to put laziness aside and to take some time to talk with the other members of that community.

But then again, you need to have visitors in place before trying to create a community around them, so making the blog grow as a whole is always the first step.

Do you have any other tips for increasing the number of comments on a blog?

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53 Responses to “Why My Blog Gets No Comments?”

  • Franck Silvestre

    I’ve had the biggest number of comments ever for the launch of my ebook.

    I just asked to my subscribers to help me with a title.

    Franck

  • Latest Tech News @ Technology.com.au

    Blog is really very good and see you are getting comments on your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Enduring Wanderlust

    Thanks for the great post. This is a vital post in that our blogs are largely written because we want to please our readership. Comments are an important part of learning from the community.

  • Bloggers School

    It’s all about the law of averages the more you put yourself out there the more Comments you will get in return. Just like Dennis Edell above me said comment on other blogs. Nice blog love to see others doing the same type of community work as we are doing at Bloggers School blog and radio.

  • Dennis Edell

    And one of the most important tips, somehow missed…..comment on other blogs. Ya gotta give to receive my friend.

    I’ve significantly grown my blog as a whole as ell as comments due to it.

  • Gerald Weber SEM Group

    My percentage of visitors is actually much higher than what you have talked about here. However I also follow most of the tips that you describe as far as building a community around the blogt. I always reply to comments and I link out to thers, have a strong social network etc. Great information here. Thanks for the great info. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • TalkTurkey

    My question never got answered.
    Does anyone know if it is a good idea to use ‘?CID’ when linking?
    Adding ?CID=yourblog tag to embedded links in html?
    thanksรขโ‚ฌยฆ

  • Ikki at Blogging Blog

    Perseverance is a must here. Some people feel discouraged because they don’t see a huge improvement on their blogs as fast as they’d like to. Usually, this leads them to quit blogging and start something new – and fail again.

  • Burak

    There’s also a security problem with this type of comments.

    A person X can use the name and website of person Y and post a non-sense comment on the blog of Z. Even though the comments are moderated to some extend, the ideas in that comment may not reflect the ideas of person Y.

    The lack of identity validation in this type of comments make them insecure. Bloggers should avoid this type of commenting and allow commenting by registered users.

    What do you think on this issue?

  • Burak

    Some successful bloggers (Steve Pavlina) don’t allow on site comment at all, but allow trackbacks.

    What’s your opinion on this practice?

  • Farrhad A

    Danial, thanks again.

    Q1: Can you mention some steps to improve your Technorati rank?

    Q2: Some methods to increase your Twitter followers?

    ( http://www.twitter.com/farrhad )

  • Farrhad A

    Thanks a lot for the lovely answer, Daniel.
    Am going through it again. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers!

  • Jack

    I rarely get comments on my blog, but when I do, I try to reply to the person who left the comment. And never underestimate the power of regulars! I have a few regulars, some comment, some are silent, but they’re all fantastic and forgive small, and sometimes big mistakes!

  • OfficeSupplyGeek

    I dont usually get a ton of comments on my blog itself, but I do get the occasional email, and sometimes I post my content (parts of it) on message boards and get people to visit the blog that way. Often they leave the comments on the message board instead of the blog.

  • Ari Herzog

    Here’s one way… I am writing this with 14 comments above. Imagine what would happen if I visited all 14 blogs (assuming everyone linked their name to a blog), posted a comment on all of them and repeated it over x period of time. Eventually, those 14 bloggers will visit my blog and post comments, too.

    When you add in everyone else visiting the above 14, and visiting every other blogs’ commenters’ blogs, and it gets viral.

    The key is not to post a comment for the sake of a comment, but to add value as I hope this does.

    Questions?

  • Lucas dos Santos

    I love this blog, is really helpfull.
    Daniel, you have a brasilian reader!

  • Wizard of Blogs

    Nice post. This comes on the heels of a post I wrote yesterday talking about the same thing. I outlined three ways to drive more comments on your blog posts. You can find it by clicking on my name.

    What I like about your article is the ways to help drive community. Those are some great steps to get readers involved in what you are writing about. I do a few of them, but I think I need to do a few more.

    I will go back in and link up to your nice article on driving comments. Thanks for this post!

  • Arun Basil Lal

    Case 1: Suppose I have 5 blogs and spend 3 hours to each blog a day, so total 15 hours. 5 posts to each+ the blogging routine

    Case 2: I have 1 blog, and spend 15 hours into it. 5 posts in one blog + the blogging routine. This time lesser routine so maybe 7 posts.

    All other factors remain same, Which case is better..?
    I hope your experience can aswer this question. Currently I am in case 2.

    Cheers

  • mother in israel

    I’ve succeeded in building a strong commenting community on my small blog (200+ subscribers). Aside from the tips mentioned (I do every single one, except for polls and widgets), it also helps to state a controversial opinion, even if I’m not sure of it myself. Maybe especially then.

    I’m hoping it’s not bad etiquette to link to my posts, but here is an example. A friend sent me the story because she wanted feedback from my readers. Many ideas come from stories and articles sent by my readers. Notice the back-and-forth conversation in the comments.

  • Fabietto

    Great post! Thank you very much Daniel!

    Fabietto

  • Jen Patton

    Great article.

    I moved my blog around alot the first few months (not knowing any better) and had NO comments at all and lost most of my subscribers on the process.

    Now I am in one place and plan on staying there a while and am finding that if I comment on others blogs a few times I start to generate comments on my blog either from them or from their readers.

    To me even one of two comments when you are first getting started at least shows that someone thought enough about the post to share their thoughts. So those of you who are getting between 10- 60 comments on each post- that is awesome!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @TechZooming, the comment count depends on the factors I mentioned on the post.

    You said: “But i saw some blogs with less than a year age are getting near to 100 comments per post.”

    The age of a blog has nothing to do with its traffic and reach. Some blogs get over 20,000 daily page views after 2 months. Others struggle to get 100 uniques after 2 years….

  • James Chartrand – Men with Pens

    I think people sometimes chase numbers over quality and value, especially in comment sections.

    Ten comments… *cries*…

    But then look at some A-lister’s comment section – HUNDREDS of comments at times… and no inter-discussion.

    We’re somewhere between 10 and 60 comments per post (I suck at math; you figure out the average), but one thing only matters to me: that those who do comment do so because they are conversing, discussing and interacting – not because they’re just commenting.

    So, yeah. 10 great comments, everyone talking together? Rock on!

  • TechZoomIn

    Daniel,

    I have the same ques as Farrhad,

    The blogs having more pageviews and above 10k+ RSS count are getting leass than 20 or 30 comments per post.

    But i saw some blogs with less than a year age are getting near to 100 comments per post.

    On what basis these comments count depends? Comments will decide/tell the blogs success?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @filmd, changing along the way is natural, and happens for everyone.

    Do not confuse this with lack of persistence though. Cinema is a very good niche in my opinion. Not too crowded, and with a lot of passionate readers out there.

    @Rob O, definitely. Networking can play a big role in the number of comments and on how big your community ends up being.

    @Dev, no one said creating a successful blog or website was easy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TalkTurkey

    Is it a good idea to use ?CID when linking? Adding ?CID=yourblog tag to embedded links in html?

    thanks…

  • Dev

    nice post… but all those things is so hard to do…

  • Rob O.

    By the way, I can certainly vouch for the power of networking within your niche – even if it’s a tiny niche that otherwise would attract little attention.

    My wife’s sub-blog Russian Adoption Journal routinely gets more traffic (and comments) than our main blog. And it’s 100% because of the incredibly-supportive international adoption community that we’re a part of.

    Those awesome folks are practically hovering over the mouse, ready to read and comment on new posts within minutes (or a couple of hours at most) of them being published. Blogging is its own reward, sure, but it is tremendously validating to know that people are anxiously awaiting your new posts and are genuinely engaged by what you have to share.

    This is why I leave comments as often as possible – it’s one of the best and easiest ways to payback a blogger’s efforts.

  • Rob O.

    I’m struggling with this too! I try to write many of my posts with open-ended questions at the end or with a thought-provoking slant. And I’ve been doing a fair bit of work to extend the reach of the blog via community-building efforts. But I still get few comments.

    Of those that I do get, they’re generally worthwhile comments rather than just “Good post” or “Me too!” kinds of responses. So, I’m really thankful for the quality of the interaction I’m getting but I’d sure like to improve upon the quantity.

  • filmd

    I wonder how much one should feel obliged to change one’s blog to find a niche. My blog has an emphasis on cinema, but I wonder if the focus is too general. Do you recommend tweaking one’s blog, or starting over altogether to find a better niche? Is this a common practice?

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